GOODE Skiers claim 4 golds, more than half of all slalom medals awarded at 35+ Worlds

The 2018 tournament season ended on a high note for Team GOODE as four of eight slalom golds and more than half of all slalom medals awarded at the 2018 35+ Water Ski World Championships were won by skiers riding GOODEs. The championships took place from Nov. 26 to Dec. 2, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernado, Chile.

Skiers who rode GOODEs to world slalom titles were Josefin Hirst (35+ Women), Kyle Tate (45+ Men), Dave Miller (55+ Men) and Cyndi Benzel (65+ Women).

Highlights of the tournament included podium sweeps in 35+ Women (Hirst, Trish Burt and Brandy Nagle) and 45+ Men (Tate, Todd Johnson and Todd Kuykendall) and a 1-5 sweep of 55+ Men (Miller, Bruce Dodd, Mike Morgan, Chet Raley and Michael Robinson).

Additional GOODE skiers earning top-five finishes were Renee Jaquess (4th, 35+ Women), Barton Rachwal (5th, 35+ Men), Brenda Nichols (2nd, 45+ Women), Gail Case (4th, 45+ Women), Alberto Soares (5th, 45+ Men), Joy Kelley (2nd, 55+ Women), Alison Poulsen (3rd, 55+ Women), Shirley Coble (4th, 65+ Women), and Bob Hardeman (2nd, 65+ Men).

In the team event, the United States took home the gold with 14,908.94 points, while Great Britain (12,033.36) and Germany (11,125.96) finished second and third, respectively.

For full results, click here.

Editor’s note: It’s difficult to track skiers from across the globe over the course of six days of action, so if we failed to include you in the list above, or mistakenly did so, please accept our apologies and email us the details at

Team GOODE racks up medals at Pan Am Championships

Regina Jaquess (middle) claimed gold in slalom at the 2018 Pan American Championships


GOODE skiers claimed five slalom golds on their way to a huge medal haul at the 2018 Pan American Water Ski Championships, held Nov. 12-18, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile.

The biennial event featured skiers from the Americas competing in slalom, tricks and jumping in the Under 14, Over 35, Over 45 and Over 55, Under 17, Under 21 and Elite categories.

GOODE skiers winning slalom medals were Dominga Gonzalez (Gold, Under 14 girls), Kennedy Hansen (Silver, Under 17 girls), Alejandro De Osma (Bronze, Under 21 Women), Diego Font (Bronze, Under 21 Men), Alana Jones (Bronze, Under 14 Girls), Regina Jaquess (Gold, Open Women), Brandy Nagle, (Gold, Over 35 Women), Rodrigo Miranda (Silver, Over 35 Men), Jeff Surdej (Bronze, Over 35 Men), Kristy Kraus (Silver, Over 45 Women), Hutch Haines (Silver, Over 45 Men), Joy Kelley (Gold, Over 55 Women), Janie Fausold (Silver, Over 55 Women), Bruce Dodd (Gold, Over 55 Men), and Mark Stevens (Silver, Over 55 Men).

Full results available here.

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Q&A with Team GOODE’s Dane Mechler

With scores consistently into mid-41 off, Dane Mechler is one of the world’s best skiers.  

However with a fresh new Masters degree to his name, he is facing what a lot of skiers who are just as talented off the water as on it face in their early to mid 20s: how to keep skiing at a high level while embarking on a career.

We recently caught up with Dane to see how his post-college transition is going and how skiing still figures into his life.  

GOODE: This year you graduated from grad school at FSU and got a “real-world job.” Where are you living now and what are you up to?

Dane: I am living in Charlotte, North Carolina. I moved here in late July, and I could not be happier so far. I am working downtown for Grant Thornton as a corporate valuation consultant. Basically, I value companies who are going through mergers/acquisitions and also perform a lot of valuations of large family estates, corporate stock options, and components of private equity funds for tax purposes and financial reporting. It’s a big change for me, but I was ready for the change.

GOODE: Where are you skiing now and how often are you able to get out? Who are you skiing with?

Dane: I am skiing at Little Mountain Waterski Club, owned by the Neill family. If you haven’t been there, I highly recommend it. It is seriously one of the best lakes I have ever been to. I ski with Jeff Gilbert, one of the best drivers in the world, and Chelsea Mills, currently ranked No. 7 on the world ranking list. I’m in good company and so lucky to have these guys as ski partners. I try and get out two to three nights per week and obviously the weekend for a total of four to five days per week.

GOODE: You didn’t ski a lot of tournaments in 2018, but you put up some pretty incredible scores, running 39 off 21 out of 28 rounds. How were you able to keep skiing at such a high level?

Dane: I think it comes down to really refining my technique and approach to practice. I’ll be honest, while living in Louisiana and Florida I was spoiled. I was able to ski as much as I wanted and therefore I didn’t always have the best approach to my skiing. Now every time I am at the lake I have a purpose and a goal. This year more than ever, I really found myself in my technique. I turned two-ball at 41 more than ever in practice and missing 39 was very rare for me. This was largely due to skiing at Lake 38 with Keith Albritton and Matteo Luzzeri for the past year. Their support improved my slalom technique immensely. I also think it comes down to my personality. I thrive when I have structure and I stay busy. Working full time allows me to get into a great routine that I can apply on the water. The times when I have had the least going on outside of skiing have been my worst skiing.

GOODE: How is the new career path going to impact your pro skiing prospects?

Dane: I’m lucky to work for such a great organization that supports my skiing efforts. Skiing is expensive, and it was tough for me to afford travel and entry fees to the main events. Now with a paycheck and a great home site to train, I’m planning on continuing to build on my pro career. Charlotte is a big city with a great airport, so I am lucky to be able to affordably leave for the weekend without missing too much work.

GOODE: Are you going to do any training in Florida or anywhere else this winter?

Dane: While there are certainly a lot colder places than Charlotte, it definitely is not an ideal place to train during the offseason. I plan to get to Florida as much as I can. Charlotte airport is less than ten minutes away from my apartment and there are incredible flights to Orlando. Also, I think there is some good in taking some time away from the water. The nice thing about working full time, is that my evenings are completely free. I plan to use this time to focus on my off the water training.

GOODE: What are your plans for 2019?

Dane: To be determined. Working full time, I will be selective with the tournaments that I enter, but I plan to ski in several. I am hoping to continue to build off of my pro finishes this past season. I made the finals in four out of five pro events that I skied in with a best finish of 5th in France running 3 at 41 in the finals. I am hoping to improve on this in 2019.

Miller tops Regina for Bracket Challenge Crown 

After beginning with 16 skiers in June, the 2018 GOODE Bracket Challenge came down to two skiers in September: No. 1 seed Regina Jaquess and No. 3 seed Dave Miller.

Decided by the single highest preliminary round score at last weekend’s California Pro AM, Dave squeaked by Regina – 1.5 at 41 to her 1 at 41 – to win the title.

See the video above for a recap and the final brackets here.

Online Contest

In the online contest it was a battle between the only two fans whose brackets remained perfect: Bruce_Dodd and PCM. Bruce_Dodd picked Miller to win, while PCM picked Regina, so Bruce_Dodd’s bracket is perfect and is the season champion.

See the final online contest standings here.

Congratulations to both Dave Miller and Bruce Dodd.

Team GOODE bags three wins at California Pro Am

The pro tournament season ended with a bang for Team GOODE as it took home three titles and a runner-up finish at last weekend’s California Pro Am at Bell Aqua Lake 2.

Regina Jaquess scored 2 buoys at 41 off to beat Manon Costard (5.5 at 39) in the final round to win her sixth career California Pro Am Women’s slalom title. Fellow GOODE skier Karen Truelove made the eight-skier finals and finished 7th.

In Men’s slalom, Thomas Degasperi rang up multiple scores into 41 – including tying for the highest score of the weekend at 3 at 41 – before finishing second behind winner Will Asher. Adam Sedlmajer continued his recent streak of good showings by making the finals and placing 6th.

In the Masters Men event, seven of the final eight skiers were all on GOODEs as Greg Badal took home the win by defeating Mark Menasci in the final round. Chad Scott finished third and Steve Schroeder fourth.

And finally, the handicapped amateur division was won by Ken Ferrante, who took home the win just a couple weeks after jumping on the new RéVolution.  GOODE skier Bob Hardeman set a pending Mens 8 national record of 3 at 38 off.

Click here for final results.

Jeff Rodgers wins Big Dawg Finals, 7 of Elite 8 on GOODEs

Former Men’s Slalom World Champion Jeff Rodgers won the Big Dawg World Tour Finals Sunday at Lake Jepawhit in Gaines, Mich., holding off seven GOODE skiers who all advanced to the Elite 8.

Rodgers topped Todd Johnson in the final round to earn the win, while Dave Miller (3rd) edged Mark Menasci (4th) in the consolation bracket. Additional GOODE skiers who qualified for the Elite 8 were Jeremy Newby-Ricci, Ben Favret, Chad Scott, and Greg Badal. GOODE skiers also claimed 12 of the Sweet 16 spots.

Heading into the Big Dawg Finals a GOODE skier had won each stop on the tour this year as Miller won at both Okeeheelee and Cedar Ridge, Greg Sund won in Sesena, Spain, and Badal won at Laku Landing.

Complete Finals results here.

It’s Regina Jaquess vs. Dave Miller in Bracket Challenge finals

And then there were two.  Two skiers still standing and only two fans still alive in the online contest.

No. 1 seed Regina Jaquess will face No. 3 seed Dave Miller in the final round of the GOODE Bracket Challenge as Regina (1@41) bested Chad Scott (4.5@38) and Dave (3@41) edged Greg Badal (3@41) to advance to the next round. View the brackets here.

Since both Regina and Dave will compete at this month’s California Pro-Am in Rio Linda, Calif., that tournament will be used to crown the 2018 Bracket Challenge champion.

Online Contest

Only two fans have a chance to win the top prize as Bruce_Dodd and PCM are the only two out of 219 entrants to have unblemished brackets so far.  And interestingly enough, each of them has picked a different skier to win it all. Bruce Dodd picked Dave Miller, while PCM selected Regina Jaquess. Here we go!

See the full online contest standings here.

Team GOODE wins three medals at Europe & Africa U21s

From left to right, Lea Miermont (2nd), Alice Bagnoli (1st) and Stanislava Prosvetova (3rd).

Team GOODE skiers claimed half of the slalom medals awarded at last weekend’s Europe & Africa Under 21 Championships held at Roquebrune sur Argens, France.

Italy’s Alice Bagnoli won her third consecutive Womens title, scoring 2 buoys at 38 off in the finals to top fellow GOODE skier Lea Miermont (France), who claimed the silver with 1 at 38 off.

In the Mens division, GOODE’s Aris Techoueyres (Greece) took home the silver with a score of 2.5 at 39, a half buoy behind winner Jakob Bogne of Sweden.

The team competition was won by Great Britain (7,953.13), with France (7,547.16) and Italy (7,256.29) finishing second and third, respectively.

For complete results click here.